Meet Us
Rev. Tom Jones
Pastor
Email: srpastor@stmarysumc.org
Phone: (912) 882-5505 ext. 1
 
Rev. Tom Jones is the senior pastor at St. Marys United Methodist Church.  He was born in Roanoke, Va,  but during his childhood he also lived in Portsmouth, VA; Fort Smith, Ark; Gastonia, NC; Memphis, TN; Chattanooga, TN; and Greensboro, NC.  He received an Associate in Arts degree from Brevard Junior College, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Recreation from Greensboro College and a Masters of Divinity degree from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology.   Before joining the ministry, Tom worked extensively in the non-profit world including positions with the Salvation Army, Boys and Girls Clubs and United Way.  He is married to Anne and has two sons, a daughter and two step-sons. Tom began working at St. Marys UMC in 2014.
 
Favorite Bible Verse:
2 Corinthians 5:17:  “So if anyone is in Christ there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!”
 
First Job:
Working at a summer camp
 
What Most People Don’t Know:
I play the piano and trombone
 
His Original Dream Job:
To be a veterinarian until I took a chemistry class as a high school senior. People said I would probably major in recess and I did. I got a recreation degree with the goal of one day managing a city recreation department.
 
Sings in the Shower:
Broadway show tunes
Jeremy Cole
Director of Youth Ministries
Email: youth@stmarysumc.org
Phone: (912) 882-5505 ext. 3
 
Jeremy is Director of Youth Ministries at St. Marys United Methodist Church.  He was born in Groton, CT, and also lived in the Charleston, SC area before moving to St. Marys in the 6th grade.  He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Armstrong State University and a Masters of Counseling from NOVA Southeastern University.  Before joining the St. Marys staff in 2014, he taught kindergarten, was a special education paraprofessional, a pre-K teacher in St. Marys and a behavior therapist for adults and children. He still works as a board-certified behavior analyst on his church off day.  He is married to Amber whom he met when both were teenagers at St. Marys, right next to where the elevator is now in Bailey Hall.
 
Favorite Bible Verse:
John 13: 34-35:  “A new command I give you: Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
 
First Job:
Pushing a lawn mower through the neighborhood.  Cutting grass still is my favorite chore.
 
Most Interesting Vacation:
Going to a Pittsburgh Penguins game for my 30th birthday.  They are my favorite sports team.
 
What Most People Don’t Know:
I once managed to briefly shut off the power to my entire neighborhood as a result of my attempt to make an electric chair for my 12” GI Joe.  Thankfully, I wore welding gloves in the testing phases.

Tina Bense
Director of Children’s Ministries
Email: cmc@stmarysumc.org
Phone:

(912) 882-5505 ext. 5

Tina Bense is the Director of Children’s Ministries at St. Marys United Methodist Church. She grew up in Shelton, CT until she was 11, then her family moved to Port Saint Lucie, FL. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the College of Coastal Georgia. She currently teaches Social Studies at St. Marys Middle School. Previously, she served in the Marine Corps where her job was Aviation Ordnance working on F/A-18s and CH-46’s. She also has been employed as a nuclear power plant outage worker. She is married to Aaron, also a military veteran, and has three children. Tina began working at St. Marys in 2007.

Favorite Bible Verse:

Philippians 4:6: “Do not be anxious about anything but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
 
First Job:
McDonald’s
 
Least Favorite Chore:
Cleaning
 
Favorite TV show:
Golden Girls
 
Most Interesting Vacation:
Kayaking in Katherine Gorge, Australia

Dara Davis
Director of Music Ministries
Email: music@stmarysumc.org
Phone:

(912) 882-5505 ext. 4
Dara Davis is the Director of Music Ministries at St. Marys United Methodist Church.  She spent the first part of his childhood in Climax, GA, before her family moved to Brunswick, GA when she was in middle school.  She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Florida State University and a Masters Degree in Theater Production from Central Washington University.  She has worked in both public and private schools teaching music and served as a music minister in three churches prior to joining St. Marys in 2013.  She is married to Howard and has three children.
 
Favorite Bible Verse:
Jeremiah 29:11:  “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
 
First Job:
Worked at a movie theater
 
 
What Most People Don’t Know:
I am a night owl
 
Favorite Hobby:
I have 3 kids; I don’t have time for hobbies!
 
Why Singing:
I just grew up singing. I am the only one in my family not in the medical profession.
Tom Headlee
Financial Secretary
Email: finsec@stmarysumc.org
Phone: (912) 882-5505 ext. 2
Ginna Stein
Happy Apple Preschool Director
Email: happyappleacademy@tds.net
Phone: (912) 882-5505 ext. 7
Tricia Perrine
Church Secretary
Email: smumc@stmarysumc.org
Phone: (912) 882-5505 ext. 0
Troy Normandin
Technology Coordinator
Email: avitumc@gmail.com
Phone: (912) 882-5505 ext. 0
Ashley Wilkinson
Accompanist
Email: spiritprison@hotmail.com
Phone: (912) 882-5505 ext. 0